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I'm gonna do it this time

Monday, March 04, 2013

Today I started Atkins. I just recently had my annual physical and everything was good except my triglycerides... which tipped the scale at 290. I have a follow up with the doctor and although I have the excuse that I just came back from an all inclusive vacation, I really don't want to have to use excuses for anything when it comes to my health.

I took all my measurements and took my first starting picture, which I am posting here as I begin my journey. I've always thought that Atkins was stupid. I read the book and I'm giving it a try. I think it was just all the bad publicity that it got that made me feel that way. That and thinking that depriving myself wasn't the way to go about things.

That being said, I think after reading the book, that it makes a lot of sense so I've decided to give it a go. It's sad to get on here and see that I am right back at my beginning weight when I started SparkPeople so long ago. A lot of my points have expired and my trophies are gone. This is only fair, I guess, as I have failed myself. In all fairness I lost a lot of weight... about 60 pounds before putting it all back on.

I need to remember that I'm only cheating myself. Here's to a new me. I took all of the carbohydrate based foods out of the cabinets today and delegated them to my husband to place out of sight, out of mind.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEBRAMN51 3/11/2013 1:11PM

    Melanie we love you and support you! You can do this not for anyone else, but for yourself! You deserve to be healthy and to feel good! Plus since you are an amazing cook, Atkins meals will be delicious at your house... hmm maybe I should come visit for a few weeks (OK don't have a heart attack), I'm kidding... maybe ;-)

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    Thanks everyone :0) Today has been a tough day, as I was laid off. I appreciate the encouragement.

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SUZEMARIE73 3/5/2013 12:13PM

    I fully support the idea behind low carb eating. However, I'd say I'm much more of a proponent of the South Beach diet. It is very similar, but it's more low carb/healthy fat and a little less restrictive than Atkins. Either way, good luck!

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DEBBIESTY 3/5/2013 8:53AM

    Good luck on your diet!

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MEDHOPEFUL777 3/4/2013 11:52PM

    It is so wonderful to read your motivation to get into a healthy lifestyle! The Atkins diet will do wonders to lower your triglycerides as well as keep you full with the high protein meals. Here is an interesting read on the science behind Atkins and benefits/risks of that type of diet:

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